New Hampshire

Encircle New Hampshire: The Granite State is a scenic jewel of New England. Begin with the Presidential Range of the White Mountains to marvel at the tallest peak in the eastern U.S. Discover the charm of North Conway. Then visit the state’s Ivy League School and the capital before finishing along the seashore in Portsmouth.

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1 Omni Resort and Mount Washington in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire

The Omni Hotel in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire has the historic splendor and charm from 1902 blended with modern amenities after an $80 million renovation. In the background is Mount Washington. This snow-capped peak reaches an elevation of 6,288 feet, New England’s tallest. The view is beautiful and majestic yet it is notorious for extreme weather. The mountain experiences hurricane-force winds for a third of the year. The strongest gust was measured at 231 m.p.h. In January, 2004, the temperature plunged to a wind chill of 103° below zero.

310 Mount Washington Hotel Rd, Bretton Woods, NH 03575
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2 Ellis River Rapids in White Mountain National Forest near North Conway, New Hampshire

There are two scenic byways looping through the White Mountain National Forest’s. Also winding through the 750,000 acres is the Ellis River. The 17-mile flow begins at the 6,288 foot peak of Mount Washington. Nearby are other mountains named after eight presidents plus notables like Ben Franklin and Sam Adams. Among this gorgeous scenery are quaint villages, museums, covered bridges and tranquil landscapes.

Glen Ellis Scenic Area NH-16, Appalachian Trail, Jackson, NH 03846
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3 Old North Conway Railroad Station in North Conway, New Hampshire

Two attractions draw tourists to North Conway, New Hampshire: The White Mountain National Forest and, for some reason, over 30 outlet stores of famous retailers. During the Great Depression, the local mountains became extremely popular among skiers, most of whom arrived by the Portsmouth, Great Falls & Conway Railroad. This railroad station was built in 1874. It now offers short excursion trips under the Conway Scenic Railroad name.

38 Norcross Cir, North Conway, NH 03860
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4 Dartmouth College’s Baker Memorial Library in Hanover, New Hampshire

What started as a missionary school in 1755 emerged into Dartmouth College. This is the smallest of the eight Ivy League schools. Dartmouth is frequently ranked among the top ten undergraduate programs in the country. The campus is located in Hanover. The small New Hampshire town is frequently ranked as a great place to live. The Fisher Ames Baker Memorial Library was built in 1928. The design mimics Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

1929 N Main St, Hanover, NH 03755
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5 New Hampshire State House in Concord, New Hampshire

When walking up to the New Hampshire State House in Concord, you first noticed the windows. They are square on the third floor, arched on the second and rectangular at ground level. The rest of the building has a classic Greek Revival design. Built in 1819, it is considered to be the oldest state house where the legislation still meets in their original chambers. Two of the front statues are native sons. General John Stark was a Revolutionary War hero. The other is a likeness of Daniel Webster. He was a former member of the House. Twice he declined the nomination of Vice President from two U.S. presidents who later died in office. New Hampshire became the 9th state on June 21, 1788.

107 N Main St, Concord, NH 03303
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6 New Hampshire State House Senate Chamber in Concord, New Hampshire

There are four impressive paintings within arches at the front of the 24 member Senate Chamber at the New Hampshire State House in Concord. Three are shown here. On the left is Dartmouth College’s first graduation. In the center is Daniel Webster reading the Constitution. On the right is Abbott Thayer teaching an art class. He was called the “father of camouflage.” Behind him is the image of an angel. This is how he often portrayed women in his famous art.

107 N Main St, Concord, NH 03303
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7 New Hampshire State Library in Concord, New Hampshire

100 years ago, a law passed requiring New Hampshire to be the first state to host the presidential primary every four years. Therefore, during the last 25 elections, Concord has been thrust into the national spotlight by a barrage of media and presidential hopefuls. At the State Library, which was built in 1895, stands a commemorative sign plus a granite pathway listing all of the winners of past primaries.

20 Park St, Concord, NH 03301
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8 Franklin Pierce Manse in Concord, New Hampshire

When Franklin Pierce went to college in 1820, his classmates in a literary society included Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. His father’s role as governor drew Pierce into politics. He was a U.S. House member, a U.S. senator and the 14th president from 1853-1857. He lived here in 1842-1848. This house in Concord, New Hampshire is now called the Franklin Pierce Manse. His boyhood home, built in 1804 by his father, is located in Hillsborough.

14 Horseshoe Pond Ln, Concord, NH 03301
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9 Pigeon Mural in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Portsmouth is a small seaport of about 21,000 people along the Piscataqua River in New Hampshire. During colonial America, from 1603 until 1807, the town maintained a major harbor to the Atlantic Ocean. This mural of a pigeon with dripping streaks of paint is located near the Market Square and North Church.

Daniel St & Pleasant St, Portsmouth, NH 03801
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